Wow October.. what are you reading?

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Wow October.. what are you reading?

Post by Anna » Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:32 am

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I've got three going right now, I need to pick one and stick with it

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Re: Wow October.. what are you reading?

Post by Spudd » Mon Oct 04, 2010 12:14 pm

I'm still working on the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It's really good so far. I'm bringing it on vacation along with 3 library books... a book on organizing, and 2 books about bike touring (stories of bike tours people have been on, not a how-to book).

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Re: Wow October.. what are you reading?

Post by mellenhead » Fri Oct 08, 2010 10:25 pm

Anna, which 3?

I just finished "The Lonely Polygamist" by Brady Udall. It was so so good. I loved all the characters and the writing. I'm going to check out some of his other books.

Right now I have "Wave", "Ape House" and "Nothing Left to Burn" from the library. Not sure what I'm going to start on next.

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Re: Wow October.. what are you reading?

Post by Anna » Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:12 pm

I decided to read Wicked but honestly it's way too much to think about when I'm reading. I didn't realize it wasn't just "fun". It's like reading a book for English class. I actually just resorted to looking up the synopsis on Wikepedia to see if I'm missing something.

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Post by mellenhead » Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:40 pm

Sorry you didn't like it Anna!

I finished "Ape House" by Sara Gruen. It was good and I enjoyed it but it isn't nearly as good as her prior book "Water for Elephants".

I'm just about done with "The Wave" by Susan Casey. It's about how our oceans are changing and freak waves / tsanumis(sp). Not my usual area of interest but it's very interesting.

I have 2 other books out from the library waiting at home but neither of them seem interesting to me right now.

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Re: Wow October.. what are you reading?

Post by Blush » Thu Oct 14, 2010 7:26 pm

I read "No One Would Listen" by Harry Markopolous, the Madoff Whistleblower. OMG it was gripping. It wouldn't win any awards for writing but holy shit shocking.

Then on vacation I read "Innocent Man, Murder and Injustice in a small Town" by John Grisham. It was a true story of someone who got railroaded for a murder they didn't commit. It was interesting but I only took it because I could leave it at the resort and not care. Someone gave it to me. Then I read a chicklit book: "No Reservations" by Fiona O'Brien, about a restaurant in Dublin. Lots of characters; it was pretty good actually.

Then I read my first Jodi Piccoult book ever: "Perfect Match". I'd avoided her because I heard the endings were never good but my mom promised this one ended well. Loved it.

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Post by mellenhead » Sat Oct 16, 2010 10:58 pm

I spent all of last evening reading "Room" by Emma Donoghue. It's written from the view point of 5 year old Jack who lives in "room" with Ma. The mother was abducted at 19 and Jack has never been out of the shed they are locked in. It's such a good book, I couldn't put it down.

Next up is "The Tower, the zoo and the tortoise" by Julia Stuart.

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Re: Wow October.. what are you reading?

Post by Blush » Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:34 pm

Mellen, I'm glad to know the Room is good. The author is from my city (well, originally Ireland but she's lived here for a long time) and so it's really hyped up here.

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Re: Wow October.. what are you reading?

Post by Beverly » Mon Oct 18, 2010 6:48 am

I took a break from The River King to read The Help. I finished it last night, and man, what a horrifying, heartbreaking read. But still, excellent, excellent book.

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Re: Wow October.. what are you reading?

Post by Anna » Mon Oct 18, 2010 2:50 pm

I am now reading Young ADult fiction called "Flipped" for the familiy book club at school. I gave up on Wicked.

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Re: Wow October.. what are you reading?

Post by Sílvia » Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:11 pm

I finished The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters and I really liked it, even though it took forever to get going and had no satisfactory conclusion. It takes a good writer to turn THAT into something good! But Ms. Waters did the job. It was fun reading all the readers' interpretations on amazon when I finished.

Now I'm reading this: http://www.bookpage.com/the-book-case/tag/maria-duenas/. I'm only on page 20 or so, but I like it so far. And if it's being compared to The Shadow of the Wind, it can't be bad!

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Re: Wow October.. what are you reading?

Post by mellenhead » Sat Oct 23, 2010 10:30 pm

I finished the "The Tower, the zoo and the tortoise" by Julia Stuart. It's about the Tower of London and the workers that live there, it was a good light read with lots of characters but she weaved them all together really well.

Right now I have "The Thousand" by Kevin Guilfole (sp) and I have "Freedom" by Johnathan Franzen waiting for me at the library.

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Re: Wow October.. what are you reading?

Post by Blush » Sun Oct 24, 2010 12:12 am

Ooh, Mellen I just put "The Tower..." on hold. I love the Tower of London and spent most of a day there, until I got too hungry. No way was I paying what they were asking for food in there!

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Re: Wow October.. what are you reading?

Post by Spudd » Sun Oct 24, 2010 8:19 am

On vacation I read 2 books about bike touring. One was about a dad who pulled his 2 kids (7 and 5 if I remember right) from the west coast to DC on his bike. That one was pretty interesting. The other was about a guy who biked to the lowest point on 6 continents. That was pretty dull, honestly. Now I'm reading a book called "Shed" which is about purging clutter, but it's WAY more self-helpy than I was hoping for. I think I'll probably return it unfinished (to the library). It asks you to pick a theme for the part of your life that's coming up and purge your stuff according to that theme. It's just not my style.

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Re: Wow October.. what are you reading?

Post by mellenhead » Sun Oct 24, 2010 4:43 pm

Blush there is actually a running joke in the book about how expensive (and bad) the food is for the tourists at the Tower. I think you will really like it, it's a good book.

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Re: Wow October.. what are you reading?

Post by Bugsy » Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:26 pm

I'm reading "Still Alice" by Lisa Geneva. Holy sadness! It's quite good so far, but I'm only able to read a couple chapters at a time because it gets too heavy otherwise.

I had started "The World Without Us" before the wedding but just couldn't get into it.

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Re: Wow October.. what are you reading?

Post by Anna » Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:49 pm

I'm reading "flipped" for the middle school book club

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Re: Wow October.. what are you reading?

Post by kayley » Wed Oct 27, 2010 12:10 am

spudd, I read that lowest points book when I was last in the states. It's awful! but I'll read pretty much anything about bike touring, too. have you caught up with reading the blog family on bikes? (altogether). I don't know when they'll be here, but I hope I can catch up with them!

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Re: Wow October.. what are you reading?

Post by Spudd » Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:37 am

That would be cool to meet them! I don't read their blog but I see the mom posting on bike forums from time to time. Seems like a cool story. I also saw them interviewed on GMA.

I started reading a book I can't remember the title of... Odyseum or something like that.. by Dan Simmons. It's like the story of Helen of Troy, but they have futuristic technology. So far I'm sooo not into it... I feel like if I really knew the story of Helen of Troy beforehand it might be interesting to see how he's switching it around, but since I don't, I'm kinda confused and bored. But I'm only 1.5 chapters into it, so I'll give it a little more time before giving up.

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Re: Wow October.. what are you reading?

Post by Bugsy » Fri Oct 29, 2010 3:19 pm

Finished "Still Alice." :sob It made me cry so much! I think that's because losing my memory (or really, any mental disorder in general) is one of my biggest fears, so it was heartbreaking to read about this brilliant woman succumb to early-onset Alzheimer's at age 50. Great story, but damn did I cry.

Yesterday I started "Our Lady of the Forest" by David Guterson. I got it from my aunt. So far it seems good, but I'm only about 20-30 pages into it.

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